CAST at Castello Masegra
Camera Picta

Camera Picta

Uncovered during the restoration work done on Castello Masegra in the nineteen eighties, the Camera Picta, located at the entrance of the first level of CAST, contains ample frescoed tracts painted in Renaissance times.

The wall decorations were intended to create the illusion of a loge, a room looking out over forested landscapes. We can make out a fortress, a building with a bell tower, swallows and chamois, and in the distance a chain of mysterious mountains. The vaulted ceiling is covered with flowering branches, winding around cartouches containing now illegible words. There are also fantastic beasts, like the winged lion, probably reprised from the coats of arms of local noble families.
To the right of the window that looks out into the inner courtyard we can see part of a fresco of the Wheel of Fortune, a very popular allegory dating back to medieval times. It is characterized by an enormous gearworks, on which rest men from different social classes: at the top of the wheel we can make out a regal personage.